Here is a description of what we look to during Advent:
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. (1 Peter 1:10-12, ESV )
I can be very blasé about Christmas and the fuss of preparing for it. Yet if the real meaning of Advent is something that even angels long to gain insight into, maybe I should pause to ponder it also. This is not just about nice stories of babies in mangers full of straw and cultivating warm fuzzies by singing carols. Advent is about good news to all people, why is it so good?
It is good — no, it is mind blowingly joyous — news because of the glory and the suffering. A perfect life, spotless and without any hint of the sinful stain we all carry, lived with the full intention of redeeming us so that we too will be like him!
I was going to talk about the glory of Christ but cannot bring myself to go beyond this, that God Himself walked his perfect life among men with the intention of letting them kill Him so that He can redeem us to also inherit perfect life. Maybe I’m just feeling the effects of my body ageing, but it is a struggle to even fully embrace the assurance that there will be no sickness and no tears (Revelation 21:4).
It is common for people to dream longingly of winning Lotto and what they would do with all that money — if you really indulge you can almost feel as though you already have it. If I can use my imagination uselessly for that, why am I not determinedly turning my heart upon the riches of the glory of God? If even angels long to look into this, should I not be a bit more enthusiastic about the life I have been given?